ItÃ¢ÂÂs a well-known fact that football is a fast-paced environment and that things can change overnight. For instance, nobody expected someone as professional as Wayne Rooney to pull a Ã¢ÂÂJudasÃ¢ÂÂ and drop a bombshell about leaving Ã¢ÂÂ even if that ended up being nothing more than a cheap move to get leverage for an improved contract.
In an ideal world, Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo referring to Bojan Krkic as the Ã¢ÂÂclone of David VillaÃ¢ÂÂ would have been praise enough to send the 12-year-old striker off to bed with his glass of warm milk a very happy bunny indeed.
The national teamÃ¢ÂÂs limp showing in South Africa coupled with Inter not having a home-grown regular in their Treble-winning side meant it was somewhat unsurprising to hear there were no Italians on the 23-man shortlist for this yearÃ¢ÂÂs Ballon dÃ¢ÂÂOr.
France's most successful team of the modern era may be one defeat from sacking their manager. James Horncastle reveals the extraordinary tale of derby defeat, decline and press wars around the team who won seven straight Ligue Un titles this decade...